It bums me out that Bob Dylan is so angry. Here he is responding to critics who think he lifted lyrics from a writer and a poet without attribution:
“Wussies and pussies complain about that stuff. It’s an old thing – it’s part of the tradition. It goes way back. These are the same people that tried to pin the name Judas on me. Judas, the most hated name in human history! If you think you’ve been called a bad name, try to work your way out from under that. Yeah, and for what? For playing an electric guitar? As if that is in some kind of way equitable to betraying our Lord and delivering him up to be crucified. All those evil motherfuckers can rot in hell.”
First of all, critics aren’t evil. At worst, they’re stupid. Dylan proved his critics wrong a billion times over, and he should have the self-confidence to know that. Secondly, he’s bitching about something that happened a half-century ago.